FORMER Cherries goalkeeper Gerry Peyton says "outstanding" current number one Artur Boruc possesses a "magic" ingredient and is a key part of the team's success.

Peyton kept 20 clean sheets as Cherries amassed 97 points to win the Third Division title in 1987. He spent five years at Dean Court before leaving for Everton in 1991.

The 60-year-old has subsequently kept close tabs on his former club and, in particular, on Polish stopper Boruc.

Peyton has worked as Arsenal's goalkeeping coach since 2003 and one of his early tasks with the Gunners was to watch Boruc in action for Legia Warsaw in his homeland.

Peyton told the Daily Echo: "Arsenal sent me to watch him and, as a kid, he had terrific ability.

"Because I have been in the game for such a long time I have a good eye for goalkeepers, and he has a magic about him that can keep you in games.

"He is a good, solid goalkeeper and he showed at Celtic that he can win trophies."

After a five-year stint with Scottish giants Celtic following his 2005 move from Legia, Boruc had spells with Fiorentina in Italy and Cherries' Premier League rivals Southampton, before making a loan switch to Dean Court in 2014.

He recorded 16 shutouts in Cherries' Championship winning campaign and promptly agreed a permanent deal with the club. The 37-year-old recently activated an appearance-related clause in his contract to extend his stay into a fourth year.

"He has that presence in the goal, that arrogance," continued Peyton. "At times he maybe gets a little bit over confident and goes chasing things – but all the big goalkeepers have that.

"Looking at him over the years, I think he has been outstanding for Bournemouth. He has kept them in games, he was the main reason why they were promoted.

"I have nothing negative to say about him. I think he has done a fantastic job at Bournemouth. He has been focused and he has been one of the major factors in their success."